Thanks to the continuous upgrade of our production plants through the adoption of high efficiency technology and electric energy from renewable sources, we are reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Despite growing production volumes by about 2%, energy consumption has remained stable thanks to the implementation of various projects aimed at reducing energy consumption as part of the “ESP Energy Saving Project”, that involves the Group’s various production sites. In 2016, we developed systems to recover and reduce heat losses, especially in the Caserta, Bolu and Filipstad plants; we renewed the cooling systems in Novara and Castiglione, and we made the air conditioning systems in the production areas more efficient. We also carried on the activities for the replacement of lighting systems with LED lamps, which involved 9 production sites in 2016.
Also greenhouse gas emissions are diminishing, thanks to a more efficient energy use and to the increase of energy supplies from renewable sources. For the brands Mulino Bianco, Grancereale, Pandistelle, Wasa and Barilla sauces we use GO certification (Guarantee of Origin) to confirm the origin from renewable sources of the energy used for production.
Furthermore, smart working projects and the reduction of wheel transport to the benefit of means with lower environmental impact have enabled us to further reduce the greenhouse gas emitted by the Group. The use of the railway link for the transport of durum wheat to the Pedrignano plant has led, for example, to a reduction of about 11,000 tons of greenhouse gas.
Compared to 2015
Change in energy consumption: in line with previous year
Share of consumption of energy from renewable sources with certificates of origin 48% in 2015, 52% in 2016
Direct and Indirect GHG Emissions
Compared to 2015
Reduction of overall scope 1 and 2 emissions: - 4%
Compared to 2010
Reduction of emissions in absolute value: - 21%
Reduction of emissions per ton of finished product: -28%